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Bone Marrow-on-a-chip Unveiled
2014-05-06 03:43:59

[ Watch The Video: The Making Of Bone Marrow-On-A-Chip ] Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Device captures complexity of living marrow in the laboratory; could help test new drugs to prevent lethal radiation exposure The latest organ-on-a-chip from Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering reproduces the structure, functions and cellular make-up of bone marrow, a complex tissue that until now could only be studied intact in living...

New Method Enables Scientists To Print Tissue Constructs With Blood Vessels
2014-02-19 15:24:58

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work represents a major step toward a longstanding goal of tissue engineers: creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test...

New Microscopy Method Could Spot Dozens Of Distinct Types Of Biomolecules Simultaneously
2014-02-03 09:49:50

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate snapshots of dozens of different biomolecules at once in a single human cell, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported Sunday in Nature Methods. Such images could shed light on complex cellular pathways and potentially lead to new ways to diagnose disease, track its prognosis, or monitor the effectiveness of...

How Rare 'Words' In Bacterial Genes Boost Protein Production
2013-09-27 07:29:50

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Scientists routinely seek to reprogram bacteria to produce proteins for drugs, biofuels and more, but they have struggled to get those bugs to follow orders. But a hidden feature of the genetic code, it turns out, could get bugs with the program. The feature controls how much of the desired protein bacteria produce, a team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported in the...

Pain At The Pump Could Be Eased With High-octane Bacteria
2013-06-25 12:58:05

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard New lines of engineered bacteria can tailor-make key precursors of high-octane biofuels that could one day replace gasoline, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School report in the June 24 online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The same lines can also produce precursors of...

2013-06-20 11:13:54

Low doses of silver make bacteria more susceptible to antibiotic attack, paving the way for new therapies for drug-resistant and recurrent infections Slipping bacteria some silver could give old antibiotics new life, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported June 19 in Science Translational Medicine. Treating bacteria with a silver-containing compound boosted the efficacy of a broad range of widely used antibiotics and helped...

Computer Tablet Application Developed That Could Rapidly Assess Neuromuscular Performance At The Bedside
2013-02-07 16:49:31

Wyss Institute at Harvard [ Watch The Video ] Doctors routinely track their patients' hand-eye coordination to monitor any neuromuscular deficits, particularly as patients age or when they are injured -- but the tests they have been using to track this kind of information may be subjective and qualitative. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston (BIDMC),...

Scientists Use Sophisticated Modeling And Biotechnology To Weaken Cells By Fouling Their Metabolic Machinery
2013-02-04 11:19:01

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard A team of scientists just won a battle in the war against antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" -- and only time will tell if their feat is akin to the bacterial "Battle of Gettysburg" that turns the tide toward victory. They won this particular battle, or at least gained some critical intelligence, not by designing a new antibiotic, but by interfering with the metabolism of the bacterial "bugs" — E. coli in this case...

2012-02-29 11:45:38

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical School induce magnetic sensitivity in a non-magnetic organism Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School have developed a method for inducing magnetic sensitivity in an organism that is not naturally magnetic–yeast. Their technology could potentially be used to magnetize a variety of different cell types in medical, industrial and research...

2012-02-17 00:30:29

Novel technology could potentially seek out cancer cells and cause them to self-destruct Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a robotic device made from DNA that could potentially seek out specific cell targets within a complex mixture of cell types and deliver important molecular instructions, such as telling cancer cells to self-destruct. Inspired by the mechanics of the body's own immune system, the technology might...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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